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101 1st St NE
Box 12
Bowman, ND 58623-0012

Bowman Police Department to assess house numbers

April 14, 2017

By COLE BENZ | Pioneer Editor

Starting this week, the Bowman Police Department began assessing how house numbers are displayed outside of resident homes in town. Bowman Police Chief Chuck Headley said it’s an issues that’s been noticed for sometime.

“It’s just something we’ve noticed overtime,” Headley said. “When we get called to homes in the middle of the night, and it’s difficult, you kind of have to…try and guess on some of them.”

In emergency situations, searching for a home can take critical time, and Headley said that it should benefit all emergency services.

“When seconds count, it really makes it easier for us to find the house,” he said. “Not only us but the fire department and the ambulance services.”

Headley said this wasn’t spurred by a specific incident, and that doing this assessment is more of a preventative measure. City ordinance says, according to Headley, a house number is required to be 1 inch to 2 1/2 inches in height. Lighting the numbers is not required. Headley said emergency responders have spotlights or flashlights to use in the dark, so in the event of poor lit numbers, they can still shine light on them.

Headley said the department will go throughout the city, and identify houses that need attention and notify the owner.

“We’ll send them a letter,” he said.

The owners will be given a grace period to bring their house numbers to compliance.

“It’s not going to be done overnight by any shape,” he said. “But hopefully we’ll have it all completed by the end of summer.”

Though it wouldn’t be implemented immediately, Headley said the department could resort to citations for lack of compliance.

“That would be a last resort,” he said. “We really don’t want to pull them before the municipal judge.”

He also said owners could potential face a daily fine for lack of compliance.

With the assessment starting this week, those who need to adjust their numbers could expect notification letters starting at the beginning of next week.

Headley said the department has put the focus on homes in city limits, and have not expanded to rural houses.